Brown condemns targeted threats against CHOP’s transgender clinic
State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., said he is appalled by the threats that are aimed at transgender children and the medical and mental health providers who provide gender affirming care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The recent threats, which are happening at similar centers across the nation, have led to CHOP increasing security measures.
“These are young people and their families who go to this center to access resources for quality care,” Brown said. “Not to mention the threats to the providers who are there to help them. This is disgusting behavior that comes from pure hatred. It has no place in Philadelphia, the commonwealth, or the country.
“My colleagues and I have a duty to speak up when injustices occur and communities are attacked,” Brown continued.
Anti-trans rhetoric often calls gender affirming treatment unethical. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill (which Brown voted against) that would have made it mandatory for students to use locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill.